The '''British Ornithologists' Union''' ('''BOU''') aims to encourage the study of bird
") in Great Britain|Britain
and around the world, in order to understand their biology
and to aid their conservation biology|conservation
. The BOU was founded in 1858 by Professor Alfred Newton
, Henry Baker Tristram
and other scientists.
Its quarterly journal, ''Ibis (journal)|Ibis
'', has been published since 1859.
The Records Committee (BOURC) is a committee of the BOU established to maintain the British List, the official list of birds recorded in Great Britain.
BOU is headquartered in Peterborough and is a Charitable organization|registered charity
in England & Wales